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  •  This needs to be said over and over again. (36+ / 0-)

    And I have no idea why Jon Stewart does his occasional "both sides do it routine" Is he waiting to get the Jay Leno job??

    And gotta say, Colbert is rarely wrong--he manages to see the forest--the whole picture. So he is not looking to make a move up?

    It's *Gandhi*, not Ghandi

    by poco on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 10:12:04 PM PDT

    •  Colbert and Stewart are both good men, (13+ / 0-)

      brilliant men, who have their heads and hearts in the right place.

      But Colbert has been so involved in politics, in doing what's right in politics, in a way that Stewart for whatever reason has chosen not to embrace.  From Colbert's amazing  and extensive involvement with our troops, to his fun venture into the Super PAC, and even to his brilliant basic schtick of pretending to be a conservative, so as to more easily demolish some of their basic presumptions.

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 05:27:55 AM PDT

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    •  a move up? (5+ / 0-)

      Colbert is already at the very top my friend

      "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."
      Mitt Romney is not the solution. He's the PROBLEM

      by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 07:25:28 AM PDT

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    •  Every now and again, (3+ / 0-)
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      some kind of liberal guilt overtakes him and he feels the need to be scrupulously even-handed in his depiction of the two sides.

      What was especially instructive was an interview I saw with him conducted by Rachel Maddow a few years ago. Despite the fact that the two shows probably share a viewer base, and inhabit the same niche of "quirkily humorous opinion from a liberal perspective," Stewart was uncharacteristically haughty in the interview, as if to telegraph his distance from Maddow, to signal that "we're not doing the same thing."

      From Stewart's perspective, he is kind of a holy fool, a comic whose position absolves him of the necessity to weigh in in a sober, Walter Chronkite fashion. To him, someone like Maddow -- or Olbermann (back then) or O'Reilly or Scarborough or whoever -- has an obligation to be a journalist, and every venture into informal joshing and biased opinion is a violation of the journalist compact.

      And on one level, you can totally understand where he's coming from. What made his takedown of CNN's Crossfire so powerful was the fact that throughout the interview, Tucker Carlson (that bowtied twit) was trying to hold his show to the same standard as Frontline or 60 Minutes, when the reality is that Stewart is a comedian who happens to weigh in on political issues. Stewart could point to the fact that Crossfire, nominally a site of journalistic debate, was debasing the national conversation by blurring the distinction between punditry and journalism.

      But I get annoyed with his infrequent -- and usually unconvincing -- efforts to insist that he is not a liberal, just a holy fool floating above the whole thing and being a gadfly. It's less that I'm offended at his expression of a point of view different from mine, and more that it almost invariably seems contrived.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 09:10:09 AM PDT

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      •  I recall Keith Olbermann (1+ / 0-)
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        saying distinctly that he was not a journalist, and wasn't hired to be a journalist -- he reserved that title for the men and women who pounded the pavement and brought in the stories to use on his shows. Stewart doesn't seem to get that distinction.

        "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

        by Cali Scribe on Sat Aug 04, 2012 at 10:39:57 AM PDT

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    •  It's the liberal in him (2+ / 0-)
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      The greatest fault of liberals is they want to believe that someone who acts like a dick is really just misunderstood. If we got to the heart of their problem and really understood them then we would see that they really aren't dicks, they are just reacting to some past trauma which we should be sympathetic towards instead of piling on.

      In many cases, I think they are right. But in many cases they are not.

      Some people are just dicks.

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